It was standing room only at Innovacorp's CEO panel event on January 22. A panel of CEOs, moderated by Innovacorp's Dan MacDonald, shared their perspectives and experiences on building and leading a technology business capable of sustaining long periods of growth, before a packed room of local entrepreneurs and others from the business community.

Steve Lilley, president and CEO of Cape Breton-based Protocase Inc., shared his diverse experiences as co-founder of the company, and reflected on the challenges of leading the growth of a start-up venture. Protocase designs and manufactures customized, durable steel enclosures and markets them to consumers in any tailored configuration, any width, length or height, any paint colour or texture. The company markets its products directly on its website, and boasts a short delivery time and competitive pricing.

Peter Hickey, president and CEO of Coemergence Inc., discussed his triumphs and challenges as a relatively new and young president and CEO, touching on everything from attracting venture capital to juggling competing priorities. Coemergence designs and sells the world’s leading decision making platform, ACIS®. ACIS® is used by organizations to gather, organize, share, and act on massive amounts of information regarding opportunities and threats as they relate to their competitive and business environments.


January 23, 2009